2016 Tesla Model X: Fooled by a Mirage
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on September 7, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X doesn't just detect when a vehicle is near, it also determines what kind of vehicle it is. Sometimes you'll see a motorcycle, a big truck or a standard car.
I got stuck in LA's notorious traffic and had an opportunity to see the system's real-time processing in action.
In the photo above, it shows that I'm following a regular car. In reality, I was following a car carrier loaded with Mitsubishis.
I'm guessing that the vehicle-identifying system relies partly on the forward-looking cameras, and in this instance it saw the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 more prominently. Insert your own joke here.
Once traffic came to a stop, which was often, and the Tesla crept up to the back of the carrier, the vehicle icon switched to a truck.
What does this mean? Probably nothing. I was bored in traffic, but these little touches make me like the Tesla more and more.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 7,527 miles